The European Cultural Parliament (ECP) held its 6th session in Biblioteca Astra in Sibiu, Romania, 5-7 October. The City of Sibiu is European Capital of Culture 2007.
Two themes were discussed in plenary – “Intercultural Dialogue” and “Communicating the European Idea to Citizens”. A workshop was organized in cooperation with EUSTORY, Körber Foundation, Hamburg – “The Role of History in the European Project”.
The Mayor of Sibiu, Klaus Johannis, welcomed the participants and invited to a reception in the City Hall. The Romanian vice minister of culture and religious affairs, Andras Demeter, addressed the session. So did the ECP senator, former Romanian minister of culture, Ion Caramitru, the strategic director of the EU Commission (Communication), Tamas Szucs and the representative of Council of Europe, Ulrich Bunjes. The EU Parliamentarian Erna Hennicot-Schoepges sent a message to participants. Paddy Woodworth, Dublin, presented his new book, “The Basque Country – a cultural history”.
The focus of the plenary debate was on Intercultural dialogue and had the “Malta report” from the ECP research group as a starting point. A Sibiu Declaration with a focus on Intercultural Dialogue was adopted unanimously on 7 October. The Session also adopted statements on human rights in Burma and in commemoration of the assassination of the ECP Member Anna Politkovskaya.
In the following pages you will find summaries of and some images from the debates as well as the full text of the Sibiu Declaration.